Load shaken but not spilled after leaving Highway 78
Todd Thielke, 58, of Breckenridge was cited for failure to use due care by the Minnesota State Patrol Thursday morning after the northbound semi-tractor and trailer he was operating drifted off the right shoulder of State Highway 78.
The accident occurred after the semi struck a portable road construction sign three miles south of Perham.Thielke was not injured as he guided the semi and its cargo of approximately 90,000 pounds of milk down a steep embankment, into a ditch and through a farm fence before making a safe stop in an pasture area about 100 yards from where he left the highway.
Thielke was trucking the load for Cliff Viessman Inc. of Gary, S.D., a community approximately 132 miles south-southwest of Perham.
The incident occurred at approximately 7:13 a.m.